A new genetically modified houseplant cleans the air as effectively as 30 air purifiers

A Paris-based startup has created a genetically modified houseplant that can literally clean the air in your home. The plant builds on the natural purifying properties that houseplants already offer. So while it adds color to the room you put it in, it also actively keeps the air cleaner than 30 air purifiers.

The company, called Neoplants, modified both a pothos plant as well as its root microbiome to slightly increase the plant’s natural air-purifying properties. Called Neo P1, the genetically modified houseplant has recently hit the market and you can buy it now.

Plants can bring a lot to your home. According to researchers, not only can they improve your mood and help reduce anxiety, but they can also clear the air with their natural air-purifying properties. With this genetically modified houseplant, however, you get more than this basic level of purification. In fact, Neoplants claims that Neo P1 is 30 times more effective than NASA’s best plants.

But how does this genetically modified houseplant work better than an air purifier? Well, for starters, factories are better equipped to handle volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are highly reactive chemicals found in cleaning products, building materials, paints, and more. VOCs are notoriously bad for human health and can cause irritation in the human body.

Indoor plants provide natural air-purifying qualities to your home. Image source: DimaBerlin / Adobe

Although air purifiers can help, they generally don’t tend to completely neutralize these harmful compounds, meaning they’re never truly removed from the air. Do you see the problem? But plants like this genetically modified houseplant are better equipped to neutralize VOCs, which is why having houseplants in your home can help improve the air quality there.

Neoplants started with pothos because it is one of the most popular plants in North America. But the task wasn’t easy, as the company had to fully map the pothos genome itself, which a molecular biologist and the company’s technical director likened to building an airplane in flight. (Going through Reverse) As a result, the genetically modified houseplant is better equipped to eliminate VOCs.

Additionally, Neoplants claims that the houseplant’s air-purifying efficiency is the only thing the company has touched. It does not grow faster and it is not more resistant to pesticides than normal pothos. The genetically modified houseplant will cost $179, making it more expensive than most typical houseplants.

But, considering that it also acts as one of the best air purifiers, the price is quite justifiable.

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